IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics Free shipping all USA - Experts in Brakes
Did you know? 🤔
Logged in users can get email notification of topic replies Log in or register (free).
Amazon Link Buy your stuff using this and it helps MVS!

Front End Creak/Squeak

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

Tinwood
Posts: 12
Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:25 pm
Year and Model: 1996 850 GLT
Location: Corunna Ontario
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 0
Canada
Tinwood

Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by Tinwood » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:26 am

I am starting to notice a creak/squeak/groan in the right front of the car ('96 850 GLT). Always when travelling over a rough surface. It has the sound of a rubber bushing or something similar. Could this possibly be a sway bar bushing or a control arm bushing? Maybe something related to the strut? How do I diagnose?

Klausc
Posts: 785
Joined: Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:52 pm
Year and Model: 1995 855 Turbo
Location: Shorewood, MN
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 12 times
United States of America
Klausc

Re: Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by Klausc » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:54 am

Probably a strut mount spring seat, quite common. Take a large wrench or pliers and try to turn the large nut at the top of the strut (in the engine bay) clockwise. If it resists turning or moves back to its original position, then it is in good shape. If it turns easily, then the spring seat needs to be replaced - use a heavy duty spring seat or one for an XC90.
Klaus
If I had a larger garage, I could have more Volvos.

Cookeh
Posts: 129
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:00 am
Year and Model: 1995 Volvo 850 T5
Location: East Midlands, UK
Has thanked: 22 times
Been thanked: 10 times
Wales
Cookeh

Re: Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by Cookeh » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:32 pm

As above. Arb bushes being worn can also produces knocks when going over undulating surfaces.

User avatar
erikv11
Posts: 9464
Joined: Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:03 pm
Year and Model: 850, S/V70, 06 S60R
Location: Iowa
Has thanked: 80 times
Been thanked: 243 times
United States of America
erikv11

Re: Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by erikv11 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:03 pm

When replacing the spring seat, the key is the manufacturer, not how the part is described. The XC90 spring seat and the 850 spring seat are the exact same part number from Volvo, neither is more or less heavy duty than the other. Buy the part from Volvo is still my recommendation.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 285k
'06 S60 R, 165k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

Tinwood
Posts: 12
Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:25 pm
Year and Model: 1996 850 GLT
Location: Corunna Ontario
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 0
Canada
Tinwood

Re: Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by Tinwood » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:31 am

Thanks all. Will wait until it is warmer than the current -35 wind chill to inspect.

User avatar
misha
Posts: 4137
Joined: Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:09 pm
Year and Model: '97 850 2.5 20v
Location: Serbia
Has thanked: 47 times
Been thanked: 109 times
Serbia
misha

Re: Front End Creak/Squeak

Post by misha » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:15 pm

Control arm bushings can also make those strange noises when they become dry.
A bath of wd-40 usually quiets them.
'97 850 2.5 20v / fully equipped / Motronic 4.4 from the factory / upgraded with S,V,C,XC70 instrument cluster / polar white wagon
'91 Citroen XM 2.0 SI /fully equipped/mandarine red metallic
History of Volvos in the family:
'71 144 S
'73 144 De Luxe
'78 244 DL
'78 244 DL
'79 244 GLE
'85 340 GLS

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post